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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 26, 2009 10:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

I would dredge up the old posts but that'll take too much effort...besides, Rob can find out where I changed things:

65-67: PUBERTY DEAD: dance hall, trying to find themselves, blues/pop/SF embryonic sound (GLightfoot? I love it...Midnight hour for HS kids? VLBlues at the close of 67? Unreal). Five man band.

68: ACID DEAD: primal/psych, full on SF sound (but just listen to the difference between Feb and Dec! Esp with respect to the importance of lyrics and Hunter). Five--six--four--seven man band.

69: ESOTERIC DEAD: live dead with attainment of transition to something more than early 68, primarily due to Hunter. Consistent 7 man band. [sure, can lump with 68 if you insist]

70-71: AMERICAN DEAD: country dead with continuation of 69 perfection (acoustic shows, AmBeat/Work, etc., etc.). Seven to six to five man band.

72: DEAD DEAD: Band calls it quits.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Feb 26, 2009 11:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

up to '77 = pre-Wilford Brimley. Everything past is full on Wilford Brimley.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 26, 2009 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

What was that huge moustache of his selling back then? Was it oatmeal? Oatmeal insurance? Medical supplies?

I can still picture that hairy thing drawing every bit of your visual attention...riveting.

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Poster: Morning Dewd Date: Feb 26, 2009 11:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

Diabetes?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69ujLvxLi0M

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Feb 26, 2009 1:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

pretty good Tell except of course my disagreement with it ending in 72. Also,one of the ONLY things that struck me about that Almanack book that came out was describing 69 as Baraouque ( sp? )Dead. Also, I was going to call 70-71 cowboy Dead but I like Amercian Dead better

72 - pitch perfect prescision Dead, at least the Europe tour which I consider their best ever. Cowboy American folk meets Jazz

73-74 mammoth jazz wall of sound Dead.
75 - Rebuilding year with a foot in both worlds
76 - tenuous Dead evolving into the tight funky disco sound
77 - tight power, just exactly perfect
78 - sloppy loose having fun. beginning of Jerry's voice going down hill
79 - 81 beginning of the synthesizer era. LAST good years for Jerry's voice
82-86 Heroin years, also the final cementing of the two set set in stone drums/space never deviate certain songs out of their place in each setlist
87 mega stardom stadium explosion that was well deserved considering the bands powerful focused playing
88 - hit or miss
89-91 - last hurrah of consistancy and focus
92-95 each year more downhill than the other

With the exception of 73-74,79-81, 82-86, 87-91, 92-95, it's kind of hard to have their eras span more than a year. Amazing how drastically they changed from year to year.


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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 27, 2009 3:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

"...it's kind of hard to have their eras span more than a year. Amazing how drastically they changed from year to year."


JOTS--couldn't agree more. It's remarkable to me how each separate Dead year--for the most part--has its own identity.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Feb 27, 2009 6:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

What goes more to this point, I think, is the definitive difference between the end of 76 and then beginning with the Swing show in 77.

Completely 2 different bands. Of course the new material probably precipitated the change.